All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for November2013

In this issue:

Issue 25 - November 2013

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy CrookIt is always good to start on a positive note and I am pleased that I am able to do so on this occasion.

BTEG and three delivery partners have secured funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government and Trust for London to pilot an exciting two-year entrepreneurship programme, called Opening Doors, for unemployed young people 18-30 in three London boroughs.  The three other organisations involved are ABi Associates (Brent), Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (Haringey) and PJ’s Community Services (Croydon).  We want to hear from 18-30 yrs. interested in starting a business; and companies that may have an interesting in supporting the programme with mentors; hosting networking events or contributing in other positive ways. For more information contact Raj Patel MBE, the Programme Director (Interim)

I am also delighted to report that our national role model programme for black boys and young black men 11-25, Routes2Success, has been involved in eight events and reached over 180 young people including 90 from the target group. We have worked with local groups such as GIFT in Manchester, Croydon Mentoring Consortium and prisons in London and Hull. We now have 25 successful black male volunteers from a wide range of occupations including businessmen, teachers and management consultants. However, we still want to recruit more role models from the Midlands and the North.  The feedback forms from each event are very positive.

We have written to a large number of schools, Pupils referral units, colleges, local groups and prisons in England offering free R2S sessions. If you work in one of these organisations and you like us to inspire black boys and young black men please contact us.

BTEG and the Runnymede Trust with the support of members of the CORE, a national coalition of race equality organisations successfully applied to the Home Office and the EHRC to undertake a series of stop and search consultations with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. During the summer the Home Office consulted on stop and search and our consultations have fed into this process. For more information contact

October saw the launch of the Young Review into young black men and young Muslim men offenders. The review is being led by Baroness Lola Young with the support of BTEG and Clinks and will last for 12 months. The main purpose is to make recommendations on how commissioning in the criminal justice system can improve outcomes for these groups and reduce reoffending rates. Young black men and young Muslim men are over-represented in prisons. Baroness Young, BTEG and Clinks met with Chris Grayling, the Minister for Justice and he has asked for interim ideas by the end of this year and we welcome his interest in this area of policy and practice.

As a national charity committed to seeing the BAME voluntary, community and social enterprise sector grow and make a great impact I am concerned about the strength of the sector in Birmingham, especially in the Black Caribbean community.  We have found it difficult to connect with black African and Caribbean organisations that work with young people and over the last five years we see less Birmingham-based organisations attending meetings organised for the sector. We do have links with BRAP and they are always willing to collaborate. BTEG would like to hear from organisations in Birmingham and especially those working with young people.

News and Updates

Organisational Development

Ivy Mix Catering - a success story

Ivy Mix Catering

In 2012, BTEG supported the development of a local women-led social enterprise in Hounslow.

Less than one year later, 15 BAME women from a range of backgrounds are running a community catering business – Ivy Mix Catering.

They recently successfully catered three local events – putting their learning and business skills into action. They managed budgets, products, customers and presentation and have been commended each time for their ability to cater for 200 people each time. Their last event was referenced in the local newspaper.

Well done ladies.

Ivy Mix Catering can be contacted at



Routes2Success Role Models - inspiring young black males

The Black Training and Enterprise Group’s (BTEG) Routes2Success Programme has begun to host events for young black males in different parts of England. After receiving a great response from organisations who wanted to engage with the programme, we were able to schedule, plan and host successful events in Croydon, Manchester, Retford and many more areas.

On Saturday 5th October 2013, we held our first joint event with Croydon’s Imentoring on education and careers at the Croydon Conference Centre. The event was aimed at school aged young black males between the ages of 11-16. The role models and the evaluation forms reflected that the day was enjoyed by all and the boys went away feeling more inspired to achieve in education.

“Great session, great working with the other Role Models.  Loved the energy and vibe generated by all who attended  Michael Ohajuru (R2S role model). 

Most of our events held during the month of October have been hosted at prisons as part of Black History Month celebrations; we were delighted to be invited to four prisons. Our first visit was to HMP Wayland, where R2S Role Model DD Armstrong gave an inspirational talk about his journey. The inmates and prison staff all said they would like us to come back to do follow up workshops and meet with more of the role models.

Our biggest event was at HMP Ranby on Thursday 24th October, where two of our R2S role models (Anthony Henry and DD Armstrong) had an audience of 300 inmates to motivate and inspire. It was an amazing day and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved.

“I think the event was very good and inspirational, it made me re-evaluate my life. I think this event has really helped me figure out what I need to do and has shown me that anything is possible if you truly want it”  Inmate at HMP Ranby.

On Thursday 31st October we held our first event in Manchester with Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT) where three of our role models (Nathan Pearson, Lee Pinkerton and Adrian Rollins) held workshops on careers and education. The number of boys who attended this event in their half term was overwhelming and just goes to show that there are many young black men out there who want the advice and support that R2S role models can offer.

“This was a good event, powerful speakers and very inspiring” Zaid Fiddler, 16

As well as hosting events during October we also had our second induction training day for our R2S role models on Saturday 20th October. I am pleased to inform you all that we now have 24 R2S role models.

In addition we held our first National Steering Group meeting on Wednesday 9th October where eight young black men between the ages of 15-25 were able to voice their concerns about issues that affect them and also how they think R2S can best support them on their journeys. It was a wonderful evening spent with young black men who could articulate themselves so well! We are very much looking forward to the second meeting.

This month we have meetings set up with local schools and are hoping to schedule, plan and host events in secondary schools across the country.

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

BTEG CJS Network now on Twitter

You can now follow developments, comments and ideas from the BTEG CJS Network on Twitter

Follow @MarkCJSNetwork


The new probation landscape

The Centre for Social Justice has produced a new policy paper on why the voluntary sector matters if re-offending is to be reduced.

The paper argues that the probation reforms are to fulfil their potential, the voluntary sector will need to play a significant role. Their experience working with offenders, ex-offenders and their families, and the skills and ways of working that they bring to the table will be crucial to ensuring that the probation reforms reduce reoffending.

Download a copy of the report here


Young Review commences work

Jeremy Crook Baroness Young of Hornsey has commenced her review into improving outcomes for African/Caribbean and Muslim young offenders (18-24 year olds). The first meeting was held on 21 October. An interim report will be produced for the Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling MP by the end of December. If you want to contribute an example of good practice with African /Caribbean and Muslim young offenders or anything else you feel the review should look at you can email Clare Hayes at Clinks


Stop and search consultation reports

In response to the Home Secretary’s consultation on Police Stop and Search powers, BTEG supported the delivery of 10 community consultation events across the country.

All of the reports from the local events and the overall report for the projects can be downloaded here


Registration for Transforming Rehabilitation Tier 2 and 3 providers extended to 14 November

The deadline to register on the MOJ potential providers list for Transforming rehabilitation has been extended to 14 November. Registering doesn’t commit you to anything, but if you do engage as a provider, even at a later stage, you will come under the protection of the MOJ’s formal partnership agreements which are likely to give greater protection to small providers. The link to register is here


Reclaim Justice

Reclaim Justice is a challenging campaign which is focused around the view that we need to scale back the criminal justice system and develop more social interventions to address social problems. The campaign has been hosting local consultation events and has brought together academics, campaigners and practitioners. For more information click here


Hibiscus Initiatives

Hibiscus, the women’s charity that focuses on work with foreign national women and their families, held their AGM on 22 October.

The charity launched its new name Hibiscus Initiatives. The keynote speaker at the AGM was Parosha Chandran, the civil/human rights lawyer, who gave an inspirational talk about her work battling the UK Government on a number of landmark cases around the issue of human trafficking.

Parosha acted for two of the four successful appellants in the landmark non-punishment criminal appeal case of R v L and others [2013] of 21 June 2013. In these cases the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the convictions of victims of human trafficking whose crimes arose as a manifestation of their trafficking and exploitation, having found the UK was bound to give effect to Article 8 of the new EU Trafficking Directive 2011.

The new website for Hibiscus Initiative should be up this month.

News From Around the Sector


A free training workshop on Safeguarding

This is a free training workshop for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises working with children, young people and families in Islington.
The two-hour workshop, on 28 November, will explore the developments organisations need to put in place around online safeguarding.
For booking enquiries, telephone Voluntary Action Islington on 020 7832 5800


Three days of free training in Central London 21st – 23rd January 2014

The Foundation for Social Improvement s bringing three days of free training to small charities so that they can develop the skills they need.

You can choose three one-day courses from the fifteen available. These include Exploring Social Media, Developing Your Fundraising Strategy and Supporting & Managing Volunteers.

For a full list of the courses and more information click here


Unlocking the power of young people to make real changes where they live

Groundwork has published a new report about the future shape of youth service. It is based on an analysis of the Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods project.

The report concludes that, when it comes to delivering youth services, young people should be part of the solution, not just seen as customer.

Download the full report here


Red Ochre training

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value
 21st November
Where: DSC, Euston, London NW1 2DP

An interactive full-day workshop that will provide delegates with the tools to understand and quantify the value they create. Click here for more details and to book.

Introduction to Crowdfunding

When: 20th November
Where: City Business Library, Guildhall, London 

A brief introduction to crowd funding and crowd sourcing for blended value businesses. Click here for more details or to book


Improving literacy outcomes for children with dyslexia/SpLD

Best practice in identifying need, providing support and implementing effective interventions

Up to 1.6 million school children in England have dyslexia.

Without recognition of their needs, and the provision of appropriate support and intervention, many pupils fall behind their peers, fail to reach expected levels of literacy at key stages, and miss out on to access to the school curriculum.  

When: Thursday 21st November 2013

Where: Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London EC1Y 1AX

Further information here


Training workshop on the Equality Act 2010

Free one day training for organisations supporting Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BME&R) communities - 10th December 2013, 10am – 4pm

For more information, please email or to book online click here


Commercial Skills Master Classes for Public Service Delivery

KnowHow NonProfit have developed a year-long programme of two-day master classes to build the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s (VCSE) commercial skills for public service delivery.

With increasing opportunities for our sector to deliver public services, these practical classes are designed to share the skills, tools and techniques used by experts in both the private and voluntary sector to win and deliver public service contracts.

The full programme will be released shortly but you can register your interest now to hear about master classes in your area.

For further information go here

Click to see the current masterclass listings and/or register your interest by email

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